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“You can’t be a cast member on this show and not have like a baby a year,” joked Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), who spoke with TODAY on the “SVU” set Thursday ahead of the series’ 18th season.

“I have three kids, Ice-T [Det. Odafin Tutuola] and Kelli [Giddish, Det Amanda Rollins] [have one baby each], Peter [Scanavino, Det. Dominick Carisi Jr.] has two, and there are days when the kids are here and you’re like, ‘Is this a day care center?'” she added.

It’s true, though; the baby boom behind the scenes at “SVU” has been making headlines for almost a year.

Scanavino says he’s brought his children (who are 4 and 8 months) to the set for special photo ops.

“You bring them in here, put them in jail, take photos,” he laughed. “Of course! And all our kids know each other.”

“It’s like ‘Romper Room’ back there,” noted Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba). “You’ll get pelted by a giant ball in the hallways on your way to the west wing, where the writers are.”

“Ludo [Giddish’s 9-month-old] and Chanel [Ice T’s 10-month old] are like girlfriend/boyfriend situation,” grinned Ice T. “We got good kids. This show is like a sitcom behind the set.”

He then made sure to pull up a melt-worthy image of Chanel holding Ludo’s hand during a recent photo shoot on his cell. We found it on Instagram and are now puddles on the floor:

Cast members agree having kids around is a good thing.

“You go home and you look into your children’s eyes and it changes everything,” says Hargitay. “It’s like, everything’s OK because you’re right here in front of me and now I see life and newness and hope and beauty and all those things we see.

“Our kids can take the day off us … It’s a love chain here. We are in it together,” she says.

Including the next generation!

“Law & Order: SVU” returns to NBC on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.


In addition to the amazing activities, there will also be a veritable who’s who of celebrity families in attendance, as CMEE welcomes Honorary Co-Chairs such as Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Jane Krakowski, Katie Lee, Dan Abrams, Stacey Bendet, Molly Sims, Charlie and Lauran Walk, Tiffani Thiessen and Brady Smith.

The annual Family Fair will be fun times for a good cause, as it helps ensure that all families “regardless of ability, background, or income” can access the Museum. The proceeds from the Family Fair enable CMEE to make a difference in the lives of many children and families, as they welcome 65,000 visitors each year.

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I uploaded pictures of Mariska filming scenes for Season 18. Check them out below.

On Set
July 13, 2016

When actress Mariska Hargitay started playing a sexual-assault detective on TV in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 1999, she began to get mail full of stories of personal abuse.

“She trained for the role at a rape-crisis shelter,” explains Kata Issari, 54, executive director of the Hawaii region of Joyful Heart Foundation, “and she was shocked at the statistics of sexual abuse and wondered why everyone wasn’t talking about these issues.”

Hargitay founded Joyful Heart in 2004 in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, a place she would visit for its spiritual healing power. “In fact, some of our initial JHF retreats replicated her experiences in Kailua-Kona – such as yoga, art therapy or time in nature,” according to Issari, herself a witness to domestic violence when she was a child.

Issari has worked in the field of sexual and domestic assault for nearly 35 years. When JHF relocated its Kona office to Honolulu in 2011, Issari became its first executive director, with a staff of five. The nonprofit also has a national presence in New York and L.A.

“What drew me to Joyful Heart was its inclusivity in addressing issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Many organizations will only work on one of those issues, yet the reality for victims is that they’re not just survivors of only one of those crimes.

“The other thing that excites me about Joyful Heart is it has a very holistic approach, paying attention to mind, body and spirit.”

Although the organization leaves most direct services to partner agencies, it does provide healing workshops to survivors, as well as to other healers who also suffer a form of trauma as part of their work supporting victims of violence.

JHF also engages in educational programs with nonprofit and government partners to end domestic abuse and sexual assault in the state, and it advocates with its partners to seek justice for survivors – specifically to end the backlog of untested rape kits.

And, Issari points out, JHF does not apply for government grants, but raises money only from private sources, so as not to compete for public funding with other nonprofits.


Pictures at the link below.

United State of Women White House Summit
June 14, 2016

A local Tampa swimwear designer will get to visit the White House on Tuesday and hobnob with a number of high-powered women from all walks of life, including the First Lady, Oprah, and tennis great Billie Jean King.

Altrichia “A.Lekay” Cook, CEO of Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear, was invited to Washington, D.C. for the inaugural “United State of Women Summit,” hosted by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

“You had to be nominated” to get invited to the event, Cook said. “I was totally blown away.”

Even though she won’t be speaking on a panel, Cook anticipates meeting other women who she describes as those “who don’t take no for an answer.” In fact, she calls them “bad ass women” who are change agents in helping women break through barriers.

Cook, 29, showcases, sells and distributes globally to countries in Europe. Her luxury swimsuits have walked the runway at New York Fashion Week and graced the cover of magazines like Cosmopolitan. In fact, pop idol Nicki Minaj wore a Cook swimsuit on that cover.

Her line of luxury, high-waisted swimwear was created to mask abdominal imperfections from child bearing.

Yet, Cook’s entrepreneurial success is just one aspect of what she wants to achieve. Cook also speaks at events ranging from empowerment luncheons to high school commencements.

“Through my efforts and activism in the community and through mentorship, I believe that I am fulfilling my life’s purpose as well as making strides to ensure that I am imprinting the lives of others (especially girls and women) and making powerful difference in our collective future,” she said.

The summit will focus on topics ranging from economic empowerment to violence against women to educational opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields. Among the speakers at the two-day event will be feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actresses Patricia Arquette, Connie Britton, Mariska Hargitay, Debra Messing, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.


Kate Coyne, the executive editor of People magazine, is finally willing to tell tales on some big names like Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lopez.

But her new book, “I’m Your Biggest Fan,” isn’t spilling swill. Coyne is sharing those hard-to-forget moments from her long career as a star-struck celebrity journalist who sometimes got a little carried away.

There was that night, for instance, at an Emmy party, that Mariska Hargitay grabbed Julianna Margulies’ hand as Hargitay recoiled from Coyne.

“I’d like to say I’d never seen her look so shocked, but it was the same look she gets when she’s attacked on SVU,” laughs Coyne.

Five years before, Coyne had interviewed Hargitay, the beloved Detective Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” for a Good Housekeeping cover story.

Hargitay had been so warm, crying several times throughout the interview as she revealed intimate details from her life. At one point, a delighted Hargitay told Coyne how much she wanted the reporter to become a regular at her game nights. She even insisted on getting Coyne’s cell number.

Coyne figured those game nights had to be celebrity-studded and was certain she’d fit right in.

Hargitay never called. That night at the Emmy party, Coyne cut through a crowd that included Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, to get to Hargitay and her good friend Margulies. She reintroduced herself and the chitchat was pleasant until .

“So how come you never invited me over to play charades?” Coyne suddenly heard herself demanding. The cackling laugh she followed up with had the panicked actresses backing away.


Apologies but I’m only just coming across these pictures from March now. Below you can find the cast on filming on location. This will be one of several picture updates today so stay tuned 🙂

SVU Cast on Location
March 31, 2016

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A Conversation with Sheila Nevins
May 19, 2016

Mariska attended the screening of Woman tonight and I’ve added a few HQ pictures to the gallery.

Woman Screening
May 4, 2016

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